St. Louis has lost each of their past three games in overtime, but it’s more than just the extra frame where the Blues can’t catch a break. During Friday night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks, the Blues lost center Paul Stastny, defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and goaltender Jake Allen.
The Blues announced via Twitter Saturday that Stastny, Bouwmeester and Allen would all be sidelined for Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings, and it doesn’t appear there’s any certainty about when any of the three players could return to the lineup. St. Louis said all three players will be reevaluated Monday.
In order to replace the three players, Scottie Upshall, who has been a healthy scratch the past two games, will draw into the lineup, will get back into the lineup, as will Robert Bortuzzo, who has been scratched the past four outings, and AHL netminder Jordan Binnington, who was called up Saturday morning.
Stastny, 30, was injured when he took an Alexander Steen shot off the face in the first period. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford, Stastny’s cheek was swollen post-game. Stastny has already missed 16 games this season thanks to a broken foot, but it would be a serious blow to the Blues, who are already struggling, to lose him for any significant period of time due to a face injury.
Bouwemeester, 32, was forced out of Friday’s game after a solid hit from Corey Perry late in the first period of Friday’s game. Though he’s been an ironman throughout his career, Rutherford reported Bouwmeester may have suffered a head injury Friday and could be out with a concussion. Though it couldn’t be confirmed, the Blues defenseman was believed to have gone through the league’s concussion protocol, Rutherford said.
As for Allen, the Blues starting netminder went down with what appeared to be a knee injury after he was bumped by Ducks winger Corey Perry. Allen, 25, had taken over as St. Louis’ starting netminder this season, and he has far outplaying veteran Brian Elliott. If he’s out for long, the Blues will have to ride Elliott, though, and hope to turn around their fortunes.
Heading into Saturday night’s contest, the Blues were third in the Central Division with a 23-14-7 record and 53 points in 44 games.